To Live And Shave In LA / Holly Hunt / Newton / Hatchers / Hunnie Bunnies

 01 June
 Vat - Philadelphia, PA
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Legendary freak masters of sonic chaos’ long awaited return to the City of Brotherly Love! To Live And Shave In LA (Earth) Experimental collective (with aggressive noise, avant-garde, and post-punk leanings) formed by Tom Smith and Rat Bastard in 1991. A third member, Ben Wolcott, joined in 1993. Smith had previously been in the groups Boat Of, Pussy Galore, and Peach of Immortality. Bastard had been in Miami-based trio Scraping Teeth; Wolcott was a filmmaker and sound designer. Their debut release was 1994’s “30-Minuten Mannercreme.” Went on a three-year hiatus beginning in 2000, during which time Smith formed the “Actionist” ensemble Ohne, and Bastard focused on his Laundry Room Squelchers group. TLASILA reformed in 2003; recordings and tours have followed, and the line-up has grown to include all-star players including members of Sonic Youth and Sightings. Group’s recordings combine elements of musique concrete, noise, heavy dub, and pervasive electronics to create often violent, but increasingly lyrical backdrops which frame vocalist Smith’s literate, oddly disturbing croon. Holly Hunt (Miami) Drummer Beatriz Monteavaro and guitarist Gavin Perry capture the meditative power of repetition; the ecstatic joy of tempered variation; infinitely undulating riffage; psychedelic drone paired with rock n’ roll rhythm in full splendor. Though stripped down to the most bare essentials, Holly Hunt produces a sound and style far beyond rudimentary tags like “heavy,” “hard,” or “brutal.” Newton (Philadelphia) bizarro love child of Rodney Dangerfield, Martin Short & Woody Allen “plays experimental music” Hatchers (Philadelphia / New York) electronics and drums duo of Michael Barker and Brian Osborne. Hunnie Bunnies (Philadelphia) electronics,tapes, paint -ewwww, cool.

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